Dear Parents and/or Guardians:
I hope this letter finds all of you doing well as we head towards spring with hopefully, some nicer weather in the near future. I want to share a few critical items with you as we rapidly approach the end of another quite successful year here at NPHS.
We are coming upon the end of our 3rd quarter grading period, which in effect is a mid-term. Even though you will see a report card per se, in Power School, it is in reality just a mid-term grade, which gets replaced by the end of semester grade on the transcript. (These quarter grades or mid-terms do not appear on final transcripts; only the semester grades.)
With this in mind, the mid-term grading period ends a week from Thursday, on March 12th. Teachers will upload their final grades, which will be available to all of you in Power School by Monday, March 16.
With the importance of these mid-terms to our students and their futures’, we are implementing a spring Parent-Teacher Conference night which will be held in the same manner as we did this past fall. On Thursday, March 19th, from 4-7:30 PM, all of our teachers will set up in the large gymnasium just as before. I can’t encourage each of you enough about the incredible opportunity this provides to you and your student/s. Please take advantage of this opportunity to come in and meet with your student’s teachers. (This is a new opportunity not offered in the recent past here at NPHS, and as the instructional leader of the school, I believe it is another critical component of our efforts to improve what we do here for your students at New Prairie HS.)
As many of you know, we have significantly increased our AP (Advanced Placement) offerings here at NPHS, nearly triple what they were, and also how many were participating just three years ago.) We became a part of a wonderful program co-sponsored by Notre Dame University, where our teachers and students receive free training and support. All students in AP classes in the areas of English, Math and Science, are eligible for this training and we ask you to encourage them to participate in the upcoming Saturday sessions on March 21st and April 18th. (We are hosting both of them right here at NPHS.)
We are in process of having all students enroll in the AP exams coming up in May. All of the English, Science and Math AP students must take these exams, and they are presently free of charge to our students; however, we also want and encourage all other AP content area students to sign up and take their exams as well. The cost is only$91 and is a significant savings versus taking the courses in college and paying full tuition. (Students on free and reduced lunch plans do not have to pay for their exams.)
We are also excited to be offering a new four-year opportunity in Agricultural Science to the students here at NPHS. Our first introductory course will be offered this upcoming fall as well as the creation and chartering of a new FFA (Future Farmers of America) Club Organization, which may be the most organized leadership program in all of public education. With Indiana being a central part and hub of the AG industry, it is imperative on our part; to help identify students while introducing them to the vast number of careers available through this program.
As most are aware, your students have submitted their class selections and we will begin building next year’s schedule by week’s end. It is our hopes to have this completed by sometime mid to late March so we can make adjustments to staffing for next year.
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank you for your support in all that we are trying to do here at New Prairie. It is our goal to motivate, encourage, challenge, teach, hold accountable, and facilitate each and every student’s opportunities to learn and be successful in all that they do. As a wise person once said, “it takes a village to raise-up the child”. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your student’s village. We take our responsibilities quite seriously.
Let’s work together to bring an incredible end to another successful year at Our House. Come on Cougar Nation, now is the time to step up and work together.
Greg Dettinger, Principal